The UUCW Message
June 25, 2019
Photo of the Week
Rev. Aaron Payson, serving as Parliamentarian, consults with Rev. Eric Kaminetzky on the platform of the Unitarian Universalist Minister's Association Annual Meeting in Spokane Washington on June 19. 
Photo by Rev. Cheryl Leshay.

Please click the Photo to see the  Photo of the Week on our website!
News from UUCW
Upcoming Events at UUCW
(Click the titles or flyers for more information)
Grandad's Prayers of the Earth - June 16 Story for Children of All Ages
Many asked for the reference to the children's story read on Father's Day, June 16.  The story is Grandad's Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. I'm so grateful to the Leshay family for gifting me with this book 20 years ago.  It is indeed a favorite! 

We are in need of drivers to transport the two oldest Ebasomba boys, Ebanda (15) and Medard (13) to a wonderful opportunity for a summer camp at the Bancroft School.  Drop off is at 8:45 AM and pick up is at 3 PM.  They also have an opportunity to attend the Lutheran camp in Worcester, which starts at 8:30 AM, and pick up is at 4:30 PM.  ...
A reminder that Side With Love's Task Force for Social Justice will host an environmental justice film this Wednesday, June 26th, from 6-8 pm in our church lounge. This is an informative and hopeful video with thoughtful suggestions about reducing our carbon footprint. Discussion to follow. Our second film event will be on Friday July 19th from 6-8 pm in our lounge. This video, Dolores, is a biography of Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Worker's Union, along with Cesar Chavez. Ms. Huerta, ...
The Regional Environmental Council's Mobile Farmer's Market will make a weekly stop at UUCW every Thursday, from 11:00 - 12:00 beginning this week and continuing through October. Come enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season! Just stop by the Parking Lot. Note that in case of inclement weather the market will be moved into Fellowship Hall.
It's time for Ferry Beach Registration!!  Ferry Beach is September 13-15, 2019.  Many of us begin the church year with a weekend of retreat, reunion, and reflection at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine (  We join together with friends from First Unitarian Church for beach walks, volleyball, time to rest, a talent show, and even a...

Current News at UUCW
(click the titles to see the articles on our website!)

FROM THE LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD PANTRY We took care of 50 families this past weekend.  Yes, in case you didn't know it, the Food Pantry operates year round.  Thanks to many of our youth this past Friday night's set up was terrific! You can help us out this summer with some needed items: We haven't been able to distribute many hygiene supplies lately.  Imagine not being able to afford...


Gmail Users - Please note that if you stop receiving the Message, Nugget, and Weekend Reminder, check your Promotions tab in Gmail. Often, you will find that church emails (and other emails from Constant Contact) are in there! Please click  HERE for more information. Please share this information with your fellow congregants if they mention they aren't getting the Message!
Summer Office Information
A few housekeeping notes before summer:

Summer office hours  will take place on July 2, 9, and 16 from 9 am to 1 pm. I will be on sabbatical from July 17 - September 2, returning to regular office hours on September 3. Other staff will be covering office needs over the period of my sabbatical, so if you have office needs please call 508-853-1942 and choose option 0 (zero) to leave a message to schedule an appointment  by phone, or email the office at Please see below for contact information for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry - with limited office coverage over this summer  it is important to get in touch with the Food Pantry directly!

Message News: This Message will be the last one until the Mid-Summer Message. The mid-Summer Message will go out (if there is anything to share) on July 31. The deadline for articles for it is 9 am that morning!

In Case of Emergency: If you have any sort of pastoral or building-related emergency, please call 508-853-1942 and choose option 6.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry: To get in touch with volunteers from the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, please call 508-853-1942 and choose option 9, or email Food Pantry dates over the summer are Saturday July 20, and Saturday August 17, 10 am - noon.

Jennifer Landry, Office Administrator

Sunday News
Summer Worship Services

Please click or scan the Q-Code below to see the 2019 Summer Worship Service Schedule!

 Touchstones For June 25 - July 31
2018-2019 Touchstone Ministry Theme "Let Your Life Speak"
Parker Palmer wrote, "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent." These themes encourage listening to your life as a way of shaping your days and guiding your journey.
This year's monthly themes, starting in September, are: vocation, formation, gratitude, peace, grace, surrender/letting go, truth, salvation/wholeness, mystery, transcendence, freedom and responsibility, and prayer.
Watch for upcoming articles in this newsletter and other weekly communications that will explore these themes in depth.    

June Theme - Transcendance
June 25: "Worship is transcendent ~ wonder." ~ Thomas Carlyle
June 26: "Most humans feel the transcendent temptation, the emotional drive to festoon the universe with large-scale meaning." ~ Paul Kurtz
June 27: "The West has lost the sense of the transcendent and the sacred." ~ Sohaib Bencheikh
June 28: "Transcendence constitutes selfhood." ~ Martin Heidegger
June 29: "Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience." ~ Chuck Close
June 30: "Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual, embodying selfish desires-and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good." ~ Arthur Peacocke
Bonus Day: "People talk about the meaning of life; there is no meaning of life - there are lots of meanings of different lives, and you must decide what you want your own to be." ~ Joseph Campbell

July Theme - Freedom & Responsibility

July 1: "The privilege of freedom is precious, the responsibilities of freedom are serious, and we can't have one without the other." ~ Warren W. Wiersbe
July 2: "...When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again." ~ Edward Gibbon
July 3: "In the end, they will say this of the human race: they had the freedom to go anywhere, but sat in front of the television. They were each responsible for saving the world, but they turned ...the channel." ~ Craig Stone
July 4: "The fewer responsibilities we have, the less free we are. Communism and democracy differ in this only by a matter of degree. We can vote away freedom as easily as it can be taken away." ~ David Miller
July 5: "Freedom is a responsibility to be earned, not a license for recklessness and anarchy. If someday, despite our strongest efforts and our deepest determination, we finally fall, let it be because our enemies finally beat us, not because we beat ourselves." ~ Dan Wells
July 6: "The function of freedom is to free someone else." ~ Toni Morrison
July 7: "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
July 8: "Nobody's free until everybody's free." ~ Fannie Lou Hamer
July 9: "Freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast." ~ Viktor E. Frankl
July 10: "Freedom is the will to be responsible for ourselves." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
July 11: "Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
July 12: "Perhaps the final freedom will be a recognition that everything in every moment is 'essential' and that nothing at all is 'important!'" ~ Helen M. Luke
July 13: "Freedom is necessary for choice, and choice is necessary for wisdom and growth... the sacred world of love and wisdom, fiery intelligence and passionate will, imagination and delight-is a world of freedom. It is liberating. But it is also binding and connecting." ~ David Spangler
July 14: "I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with ...freedom." ~ Bob Dylan
July 15: "If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other." ~ Carl Schurz
July 16: "We tend to seek captivity because we are used to seeing freedom as something that has neither frontiers nor responsibilities." ~ Paulo Coelho
July 17: "None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free." ~ Pearl S. Buck
July 18: "With great freedom comes great responsibility, someone said once, well, it doesn't work the other way around." ~ Antoine Wilson
July 19: "Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life." ~ Bob Marley
July 20: "It is in this sense that responsibility is liberty; the more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose." ~ Thornton Wilder
July 21: "Freedom without responsibility? What freedom is that? None at all." ~ David Clement-Davies
July 22: "Dreams and freedom are the same. In order for them to be, they come with a price." ~ Criss Jami
July 23: "We cannot secure our own freedom while we challenge the freedom of another. ...Freedom is not just a right, it is a responsibility." ~ Ethan Wethington
July 24: "Now if you want to be free, then get this: freedom is not about being comfortable. It's about seizing and using opportunities, and using them responsibly. Freedom is not comfort. It's commitment. Commitment is the willingness to be uncomfortable." ~ David Gerrold
July 25: "Many in our society want the benefits of freedom without its responsibilities and boundaries." ~ Tony Evans
July 26: "Freedom requires responsibility to choose who we are above and beyond our immediate impulses, needs, and social pressures, so that we can genuinely express the type of person we want to be, live the life we truly want to live, leave the legacy we desire." ~ Brendon Burchard
July 27: "We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense." ~ Barack Obama
July 28: "Be intelligent. Be responsible. The religious freedom practiced today is unparalleled. You must practice it yourself if you want others to practice it with respect to your own beliefs. The richness of diversity is a wealth we all share." ~ Stan Koehler
July 29: "Freedom comes with responsibility; it comes with privilege and a conscience. It comes with difficult choices." ~ Sarah Hall
July 30: "Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside people; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion." ~ Paulo Freire
July 31: "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~ Nelson Mandela

Rev. Aaron Payson
Ongoing Meetings

The topic for the June Meeting will be "Hack Sailing Adventures" presented by Men's Group Member David Schowalter.  The Men's Group meets every 4th Friday in Meeting Room 3 (Across from Aaron's Office) from  7 pm to 9 pm. All who consider themselves male are welcome. The Men's Group is a community of men that...

Yes! The women will meet over the summer.  Join us on July 13, August 10, and September 14. We meet at Nu Kitchen ( 335 Chandler Street Worcester, MA.  If you are woman or identify as such, please join us.  No RSVP required.  Just drop-in as you can...


Open to anyone interested in meditation, the group meets weekly and you can attend as available. We meditate for 30 minutes and then read from a meditation book and discuss the practice and how to integrate it into our lives. Occasionally we will listen to a talk from a meditation teacher and discuss as well. If you have questions contact Wendy O'Leary. 

"Believing in a community that unites all people"
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester 
90 Holden Street, Worcester MA 01606
Phone: 508-853-1942 | Fax: 508-853-2065 | Emergencies: 508-853-1942 ext. 6